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  • Building (620) Broadway: A Colonette Confection

    Building Broadway is a new series from Off the Grid that highlights the beautiful historic loft buildings that line Broadway between Houston and 14th Streets. These posts cover only bits and pieces of the histories of these buildings; learn how to become your very own […]

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  • Back When Furniture Filled the 107 West 13th Street Garage

    On West 13th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues stands a parking garage on the very edge of the Greenwich Village Historic District. It happened to catch my eye one day as I was walking by so I thought I’d learn more about its history. […]

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  • No Need for a Mock UN at One East Village Elementary School

    School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take time to appreciate the art and architecture of PS 34 Franklin D. Roosevelt at 730 East 12th Street in the East Village.  With the popularity of the show Mad Men, (check […]

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  • The Tompkins Square Lodging House for Boys

    On the corner of Avenue B and East 8th Street sits the striking former Tompkins Square Lodging House for Boys and Industrial School, which was designated an individual New York City landmark on May 16, 2000, one of dozens of individual landmarks in the East […]

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  • From Swill Milk to Swell Milk; One Building That Shouldn’t Be Put Out to ‘Pasteur’

    On Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets sits a small, unassuming two-story garage.  Chances are you’ve walked past it and never even noticed it.  The large garage door with spray-painted “No Parking” message is less than inspiring.  However, this building was once witness to […]

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  • Happy 5th Landmark Birthday, East 11th Street Baths!

    How time flies – five years ago last March, the former East Eleventh Street Baths between Avenues A and B became an official New York City Landmark. I remember it very well; I wrote the designation report, after all! Last year, I featured this building […]

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  • A Look Back in Time at 30 Christopher Street

    The snow is coming down here in New York City, so why not grab a cup of hot chocolate and read up on a Village landmark with us at Off the Grid? Today we’d like to feature the seven-story building at 30 Christopher Street. One […]

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  • Shining a Light on an East Village Landmark

    Recently someone asked me about a building he walked by in the East Village. Showing me a photo of the building on his phone, he figured it was a substation but was curious to learn more. I told him that GVSHP has completed a huge […]

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  • A Look Back at the Public Theater

    Tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th, the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street (off Astor Place) will be hosting a block party to celebrate the re-dedication of their historic theater space, and you’re invited! The block party will run from noon to 5pm and will also feature […]

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  • Yesteryear: The Theatre Unique

    Today, we think of Times Square when we think of the theatre district, but over 100 years ago, 14th Street centered around Union Square was full of theatre houses. The photo above shows what 136 East 14th Street looked like in 1908 when it was […]

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